Ballarat Station Southside Precinct Masterplan

 
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Engage Victoria is currently seeking contributions on the Ballarat Station Southside Precinct.


I've had my say, but can anyone tell me what fittings remain in the two signal boxes?

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
What is really defined by the south side?    Do they mean the southside of the station building or the stabling?
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
It's a much larger precinct than I thought - it runs to Mair Street from the level crossing to that high bridge at Peel Street.
https://engage.vic.gov.au/ballarat-station-south


  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
They look like houses on the western side of the precinct.  

I ask the question why this and why now?
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

This 'ere's the URL. It shows the extent of the 'precinct', and how to have your say.

https://engage.vic.gov.au/ballarat-station-south
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

They look like houses on the western side of the precinct.  

I ask the question why this and why now?
bevans
Good question Bevans; I'm suspicious. Sounds to me like the avaricious ones are circling.
Just maybe it's a ploy to hold off the avaricious ones.

Houses? Nup, the area in question is commercial, save for maybe a few flats above commercial premises.
  Upven Junior Train Controller

My crystal ball says they'll try and shoehorn in some ugly "DevelopmentVictoria" building in a similar design to the ugly GovHub. Another ugly modern monstrosity with a dated design before it's even built. To appease some they might say it's 5% "affordable housing" lol.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

I was considering suggesting to Engage Victoria that one or both boxes be opened as a 'railfan observation platform'.

Are the two signal boxes stripped, or are they just a they were left?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
My crystal ball says they'll try and shoehorn in some ugly "DevelopmentVictoria" building in a similar design to the ugly GovHub. Another ugly modern monstrosity with a dated design before it's even built. To appease some they might say it's 5% "affordable housing" lol.
Upven

Building aesthetics are always a matter of personal opinion. This building is still a construction zone.

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Looks a bit like a solution looking for a problem in this case. What is the current issues with the site ?
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Looks a bit like a solution looking for a problem in this case. What is the current issues with the site ?
freightgate
Not much, I thought. Station building could do with an exterior clean/paint. It wouldn't hurt for V/Line to pull their finger out and fix the level crossing.
  jakar Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
What is the current issues with the site ?  
freightgate
I don't know if there's any issues as such, but the whole area is very under utilized. Last time I went for a walk during a break the Miners Tavern on Lydiard St had closed down and from memory a few of the other buildings next to it were vacant as well. There is virtually nothing of note along the North side of Mair St between Lydiard St and Davies St which is probably not good enough these days seeing its within spitting distance of Ballarat Station.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

I was considering suggesting to Engage Victoria that one or both boxes be opened as a 'railfan observation platform'.

Are the two signal boxes stripped, or are they just a they were left?
Lockspike

Which two of the three? Ballarat East and Ballarat A were left intact when the yard was resignalled. Ballarat A was occassionally opened by a local group, but I haven't heard anything for a while. Ballarat B (Lydiard St) is technically still in service. Before the gates were flattened it was technically possible to hook the gate gear up to the interlocking frame and work the gates manually.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

I was considering suggesting to Engage Victoria that one or both boxes be opened as a 'railfan observation platform'.

Are the two signal boxes stripped, or are they just a they were left?

Which two of the three? Ballarat East and Ballarat A were left intact when the yard was resignalled. Ballarat A was occassionally opened by a local group, but I haven't heard anything for a while. Ballarat B (Lydiard St) is technically still in service. Before the gates were flattened it was technically possible to hook the gate gear up to the interlocking frame and work the gates manually.
historian
Thanks Historian. I was thinking A & B Boxes as they are (almost) in the "Ballarat Station South Side Precinct".
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf
What is the current issues with the site ?  
I don't know if there's any issues as such, but the whole area is very under utilized. Last time I went for a walk during a break the Miners Tavern on Lydiard St had closed down and from memory a few of the other buildings next to it were vacant as well. There is virtually nothing of note along the North side of Mair St between Lydiard St and Davies St which is probably not good enough these days seeing its within spitting distance of Ballarat Station.
jakar
The closed Miners Tavern in Lydiard Street which is next to Reids Coffee Palace which is right next to the Ballarat Station entrance at No 1 platform is being redeveloped. Accorording to Real estate .com, 906 Lydiard Street will become 20 apartments. Next door, the Department of Human Services has a contract with the boarding house next door(formerly know as Rieds Coffee Palace) and quite a few folk whether theybe out of rehab,homeless or other circumstances down on their luck find themselves needing temporary accommodation next to the Ballarat rail station stay at the boarding house..

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